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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Detroit Presbytery Sends Equality Overture to GA

It is fun having a blog. I get press releases. Oooh. This is a good one. It's from More Light Presbyterians. Check it:
Detroit, MI — Tonight the Presbytery of Detroit, a regional governing body of the Presbyterian Church (USA) once again voted for equality and justice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) members of the 2.5-million member Protestant denomination.

In a vote of 67 to 54, the Presbytery of Detroit voted to send an overture to the denomination’s General Assembly that removes barriers to the ordination of LGBT members as elders, deacons, or ministers. If the General Assembly votes to approve this amendment during its meeting July 3 to July 10, 2010 — as it approved a similar amendment at its biannual meeting two years ago — it will then be sent to the 173 presbyteries for approval.

“This is an exciting and hopeful time to be a Presbyterian. We are seeing many Presbyterians who had previously opposed ordination equality now recognizing that we are all in this together, regardless of sexual orientation or other human differences. We are all part of the body of Christ. We are deeply grateful that Presbytery of Detroit once again stands on the side of justice and equality for all members of our denomination and is leading the way for our denomination to follow,” said Vikki Dearing, co-Moderator of the national board of More Light Presbyterians, a national organization working for spiritual, ordination and marriage equality for LGBT people and their families in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

The overture was originally proposed by the Session of Northside Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, MI on April 25, 2009, the day that the previous attempt to ratify such an amendment failed by a razor thin margin. “We are seeing something today akin to what happened in our denomination in the 1950s with the ordination of women,” said Brian Spolarich, Elder and Clerk of the Session, the governing body of the congregation. “It took over a decade of organizing, and multiple votes for our denomination to get it right, but in the end we recognized the Holy Spirit leading us to draw the circle of leadership more broadly, not more narrowly. I have faith that we will eventually get this one right, too.”

About Northside Presbyterian Church:

Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Northside Presbyterian Church is a small, dynamic congregation of of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Established in 1959 as an outreach to the University of Michigan's North Campus, today we now attract a diverse membership from all over Southeastern Michigan. We are one of nearly 90 churches comprising the Presbytery of Detroit. In our denomination, the Presbyterian Church(USA), Northside Presbyterian Church takes its stand as a More Light congregation. We affirm Christ's inclusive love for all and justice among all, celebrating the Spirit's marvelous gift of diversity. We invite everyone -- regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or other worldly condition -- to fully join us in worship, leadership, and community. Web site: northsidepres.org

About More Light Presbyterians:

Following the risen Christ and seeking to make the Church a true community of hospitality, the mission of More Light Presbyterians is to work for the full ordination, spiritual and marriage equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of faith in the life, ministry, and witness of the PCUSA. Web site: www.mlp.org
Our own beloved, Alan Kiste, sent me the release. Alan is on session at Northside Presbyterian and helped to draft the resolution! Thanks, Alan. He reminds us that there are only 221 shopping days until the next GA.
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